Gliding along the monorail line during a recent trip to Disney World, I struck up a conversation with the dad sitting next to me. He had a worn-out little boy asleep against his shoulder, as I w...
 When Molly Lamb returned to her job as deputy director of the Office of Health Protection at the Illinois Department of Health after maternity leave last May, her five-month-old son Jhett was wi...
 Graphic novels, stories presented in comic strip format, are a relatively new style of book that has taken children’s literature by storm. This style of book, while making some adults crazy (m...
 They say it takes a village to raise a child, but it may be more accurate to say that it takes a village to support a mother. It’s easy to get swept up in the rhythm of family life, no matter...
 To get your family gardening project off on the right foot, consider an age-appropriate book on gardening. This will also help build your child’s enthusiasm. Included below are a couple of boo...

Playing in dirt isn’t just loads of fun – it’s healthy, too!

 There’s no question, playing in the dirt tops the list of fun for young children, despite the protests of many well-intended parents. If you’re one of those parents, you can put your fears a...
 National Missing Children’s Awareness DayMay 11, 9am-2pm Sat. Color 2K run/walk. All ages. Individuals and teams. Bring your family for child ID kits administered by the Illinois State Police...
Junie B. Jones, Jr. Feb 8-10, 15-17, 7pm Fri-Sat, 2pm Sun. Admission. Presented by Springfield Theatre Centre.  springfieldtheatrecentre.com. Hoogland Center for the Arts, 420 S. Sixth St., 523-2...
 It’s never too late to adopt better eating habits and experiment with natural, fresh and whole foods.  Avoiding processed foods and added sugar are keys to eating a more nutritious diet....
Fairy tales are classic stories that generations of children have read or heard and usually stand the test of time. Recently, there’s been an increase in the number of “fractured” fairy tales pu...
 Recently, I was walking my 6-year-old into school when I noticed a wad of cash sticking out of her backpack. I asked where the money came from and why she was taking it to school. She admitted t...
Some of my favorite childhood memories are of visits to a tiny Asian grocery store close to the Capitol building, which has long since closed. I remember walking up the steps into the old-fashioned st...

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